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PA GIS Conference
Tuesday Breakout Session Descriptions
Call for Presentations
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Session Descriptions
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
Session descriptions will be available in March 2021.
= technical session
RoadBotics - A New Frontier in Road Infrastructure Maintenance
Lisa McCune-Noll, RoadBotics
3:30 – 3:50 p.m. | Room 104
RoadBotics drives infrastructure technology with trailblazing Artificial Intelligence (AI), revolutionizing how governments and engineering firms make pavement management decisions. Our road condition assessments empower clients to make affordable, objective decisions about their road infrastructure’s maintenance and paving needs. Windshield mounted smartphone cameras collect road network imagery that our proprietary AI analyzes, generating a rating for every 10-foot section of road, including identifying individual distresses like potholes and alligator cracking.
RoadWay, our online GIS platform, displays the road data analysis and a detailed interactive map of your road network conditions, complete with an unbiased 5-tiered, color-coded rating system and clearly identified distresses. We can also provide files to plug into your existing GIS or Pavement Management System. RoadBotics’ RoadWay enables our clients to proactively manage maintenance and strategically treat existing problems to save time, money, and resources for hundreds of communities across the country and around the world.
Implementing Web Mapping Applications to Improve Workflows
Patrick Jaquay and Mara Evans, PA Department of Environmental Protection
4 - 4:20 p.m. | Room 104
Over the past year, the Bureau of District Mining Operations has developed several more Web Mapping Applications using Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS. This presentation will review several of these apps and discuss how they have and will continue to improve efficiencies in workflows. Some of the apps discussed will include: The Mine Subsidence Investigator’s app, an app that allows investigators to use mobile devices to access historic underground mining records and maps while in the field. The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative’s (ARRI) app, an app that helps DEP and the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) track and plan reforestation project across the state. The Aerial Inspection Site Selection app, an app that allows inspectors to plan out efficient helicopter inspections of mine sites. The Historic Surface Mine Locator app, an app that allows DEP staff to identify locations of historic surface mines.
Native ArcGIS Runtime (STAR) App - Broadcasting Active Incidents +
Brendan Carroll, KCI Technologies Inc. Geospatial Solutions
3:30 - 3:50 p.m. | Room 105
KCI Technologies Inc., along with its client partner, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently deployed a native mobile ArcGIS Runtime application for monitoring broadcasting active incidents throughout the Commission. This native application employs the latest Eeri mobile SDK for Xamarin and is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms. The application has quickly become the go to platform for a distributed workforce charged with ensuring a safe and accessible experience to all it customers driving the highways and byways the make up the Pennsylvania Turnpike. KCI worked with the Commission to gather requirements, identify champions and deliver on a cutting edge application that’s changed legacy business practices forever. With this application, the team established new ground at the Commission advocating for the adoption of Microsoft Azure, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Esri Runtimes, AGOL, and GeoEvent Server to deliver a near real time operational picture that aggregates Waze, Here Weather, Inrix Speed and incident locations in a drop dead simple to use mobile experience. Join us to learn how this application was crafted, the architecture stack behind it and the realtime mapping capabilities Esri makes possible.
Using Collector App for Wastewater Utility Inspections
Alexander Sliwecki, PA American Water
4 - 4:20 p.m. | Room 105
A collector based approach was implemented for wastewater utility inspection across the state of Pennsylvania for American Water. The creation of the app was to work in conjunction with an outside consultant party and members of the internal organization to provide seamless workflows and real-time field updates for project management. The results indicate that the success of the collector app approach depends on the management and communication of both internal and external parties.
The Transformational Public Engagement Solution for Assessors
Keith Swavely, Esri
3:30 - 3:50 p.m. | Room 108
It used to be difficult for many assessor's offices to keep current and evolve with rapidly advancing technology. However, today's tech is becoming much easier to take advantage of, faster to implement, and more cost-effective.
Esri has a new configurable stakeholder engagement solution that allows assessors to efficiently provide information and answers not just externally to the taxpayer, the real estate professional, the title agent, and the potential property buyer, but also internally to other departments.
Leverage the core capabilities of Esri’s latest public engagement solution to give stakeholders access to tax parcel data, get property valuation information, see comparable sales throughout the community, and sign up for automatic email notifications. Attend this presentation to learn how your organization can improve communication efforts and minimize the workload in your organization.
PennsylvaniaView and Education - The CropScape Exercise
Thomas Mueller, California University of Pennsylvania
4 - 4:20 p.m. | Room 108
PennsylvaniaView (PAView) is a collaborative effort of a consortium of members throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It was established in September of 2005 and is a full member of the AmericaView program. PAView was developed to further one of the primary goals of the AmericaView program-- educating the public about remotely sensed imagery and to provide an additional portal to data and information in a public forum. One of the main goals is to work with undergraduate educators and institutions through the Commonwealth to enhance access to satellite data and encourage its use in their courses.
The presenter created a presentation and exercise for freshman college level geography courses using Cropscape, a National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) web service. It “…provides a raster, geo-referenced, crop-specific land cover map for the continental United States.” -
. The CropScape layers were developed using many sensors including LandSat imagery. The PI reached out to the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) on this project, specifically Rick Mueller, who the PI has had previous discussions regarding Cropscape and education. The first step of this project was the examination of Cropscape and relevant documents including instruction guides, research articles, etc. Then the presenter created a classroom introducing CropScape to a Geography class. After completion of the presentation, the PI built a Cropscape exercise. The exercise will have learning objectives, class time suggestions, steps, etc. The rough draft presentation and exercise was delivered to NASS for comments and suggestions. After revisions the educational materials it was tested in the PI’s World Regional Geography. After listening to the presentation and completing the exercise, students took an assessment to examine the quality of the student objectives.
ArcGIS Arcade: An Introduction +
Tim Loftus, Esri
3:30 - 4:20 p.m. | Room 206
ArcGIS Arcade is an expression language that can be used across the ArcGIS platform. Whether writing simple scripts to control how features are rendered or expressions to control label text, Arcade provides a simple scripting syntax to deliver these capabilities. Understand what Arcade is (and what it isn't), why it was created, and how to get started putting it to use in your projects.
Upgrading Montgomery County's 911 System for Next Generation 911 Compliance
Francesco DiPaolo, JMT
3:30 - 3:50 p.m. | Room 207
Montgomery County, PA is upgrading their 911 system to be Next Generation 911 (NG911) compliant. NG911 introduces new nationwide standards and technology including the ability to utilize the full capabilities of mobile devices when 911 calls are placed. Through a grant award, JMT worked with the County to create an authoritative addressing layer for an estimated 300,000 addresses. JMT completed a data assessment of available addressing data ultimately building off the county parcel layer. The parcel addresses were deconstructed into the appropriate fields within the NG911 data model and attribute values were updated to meet NG911 standards. Also, ArcGIS online tools were developed to monitor critical checks specified in the NG911 standards and to validate proposed addresses. Finally, a best practices document was developed to support the future county-wide addressing protocol for a sustainable address management process. The addressing layer is now ready for additional edits to meet the geographic placement requirements in Phase 2. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and the GIS tools that were used.
GIS Model for Landslide Susceptibility Due to High Precipitation Rain Storm +
Hany Hassaballa, GeoDecisions
4 - 4:20 p.m. | Room 207
Increasing resiliency in transportation planning is a priority for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), an agency responsible for planning the use of federal and state transportation funds for the Pittsburgh region. SPC sought GeoDecisions help to develop a landslide susceptibility geographic information system (GIS) predictive analytics model based on a similar model recently released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
In its simplest form, the model uses a variation of Coulomb’s law of friction and Infinite Slope Theory Modeling to develop a mathematical equation that identifies how much rain could cause a landslide. By combining this information with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service Precipitation Frequency Data, we can identify areas vulnerable to landslides. Running the model against historical landslide data, we can determine the possibility of future landslides with a high degree of accuracy.
The actual calculation, using the mathematical equation and the raster data, required the ArcGIS Map Algebra Raster Calculator included with the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Tools. Three types of data were used as an input for the model:
1. Topographic data (DEM – Slope)
2. Soil Characteristics (Soil Cohesion – Soil Internal angle of friction – Saturation and dry specific gravity of the soil)
3. Hydrologic info (Precipitation estimates)
The output of this model is a set of Raster maps displaying areas that are susceptible to landslide based on landslide likelihood.
• Risk Reduction: DOTs and Turnpike commission would be able to put a proactive plan to mitigate future landslide events
• Proactive Planning: Planners of new communities will add in the proper safeguards when new city plans that involve high landslide susceptibility areas.
GIS for Leaders: Cultivating Executive Sponsorship for Your GIS Program
Adam Carnow, Esri
3:30 - 4:20 p.m. | Room 218
Determining the business value of your organization's GIS can be one of the most challenging endeavors that GIS leaders undertake. On top of this, business leaders don’t usually speak in the “language of GIS”, which challenges you to interpret business challenges, and translate them into GIS opportunities. This session will cover strategies for determining and measuring the business value of your GIS, and considerations for how to communicate that value to your executive sponsors.
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